When I started working out with a trainer in 2008 she constantly told me I should eat clean. In other words I needed to clean up my diet. Honestly – I had no idea what she was talking about. I thought I was eating healthily. I mean my diet consisted of eating fruit at the bottom yogurt, orange juice not from concentrate and grapes or some other fruit. That sounds pretty healthy right?
Well I was overloading on sugar. The orange juice alone had about 26 grams of sugar which is 1 gram of sugar over the recommended daily amount (RDA) for adult women). YIKES!
My friend also trained with the same trainer and thought she was eating healthily and learned the mini frozen pancakes, packaged grape juice from concentrate and fruit punch was highly processed and sugar ladened.
In order to cinch an inch after this month’s challenge proper exercise, sleep and DIET are key. Here’s a quick cheat sheet of some alternatives to help get you in the right direction.
Regular kernel popcorn popped on the stove with coconut butter (no butter), roasted almonds, sliced apples with almond butter, celery and all-natural peanut butter (nothing but peanuts), carrot sticks with hummus
Scrambled egg whites with sautéed fresh vegetables, turkey bacon, homemade granola, steel cut oatmeal, green smoothie with fresh fruit and vegetables, water, almond milk, 6oz of fresh squeezed orange juice, cottage cheese, lite and fit yogurt, hard-boiled egg, fresh fruit
Baked chicken breast, green salad with oil and vinegar, tuna fish packed in water, vegetable soup
Ground turkey chili, baked salmon, baked chicken, steamed vegetables, brown rice, 3-bean soup, gumbo, black bean burritos, vegetable stir fry, shrimp creole
Water, unsweetened almond milk, unsweetened green tea, fresh squeezed fruit and vegetable juice
Ms. Dash, pink Himalayan salt to taste, black pepper, yellow mustard, Worcershire sauce, curry powder, raw honey
These are just some delicious diet options. Get creative and read labels. You would be surprised how many diet sabatoges are “snuck” into our food. Also eat fresh whenever possible vs. packaged food which is typically the dumping ground for preservatives, artificial food coloring, fat, sugar and salt – all big no no’s if you want to cinch that inch.
What is the latest “clean” meal you have eaten recently?